Sarah Colt


Sarah Colt is a New York-based documentary filmmaker whose work brings to life the figures and forces that have shaped America. Since founding Sarah Colt Productions a decade ago, she has directed and produced for PBS’ award-winning history series, American Experience–including the Emmy-nominated Walt Disney, The Gilded Age, Henry Ford, The Polio Crusade, and part four of We Shall Remain, a mini-series on Native history. In 2015 she was praised by the Hollywood Reporter for herimpressive” work “chronicling the 20th century’s most brilliant, most creative, most egotistical…industrialists.” Sarah’s most recent project for American Experience, a biography of the evangelist Billy Graham, will be broadcast on May 17, 2021.

In 2017, spurred by an interest in understanding the forces that led to Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election, Sarah began production on her first independent feature documentary—The Disrupted, which premiered in 2020. The Disrupted is an emotionally rich observational drama about a displaced factory worker in Ohio, a 5th generation Kansas farmer in danger of losing the family land, and a laid-off mortgage processor turned Uber driver in Florida, and their urgent efforts to overcome financial circumstances beyond their control.

A graduate of Harvard University, Sarah began her career as a still photographer. As a Radcliffe Traveling Fellow, she spent a year living and photographing in Zimbabwe. She later joined David Grubin Productions, where she began producing documentary films, including RFK and the Emmy Award-winning series, The Secret Life of the Brain—both for PBS. After being awarded an International Reporting Project Fellowship in 2004, she wrote, produced, and directed Namibia: This Land is Ours, which premiered as part of Frontline World’s Rough Cut series, and examined the racial imbalance of land ownership in Southern Africa. 

Sarah has earned several awards for her work including an Emmy and a Peabody nomination.

Helen Ryan Dobrowski

Senior Producer

Helen Ryan Dobrowski has worked with Sarah Colt for over a decade and is producing her current PBS/American Experience project Billy Graham (working title). After producing The Gilded Age for Sarah Colt Productions in 2017, she partnered with filmmakers Kathryn Dietz and Asaf Galay on the development on Cartooning America: The Fleischer Brothers Story to earn an NEH production grant. Her previous projects with Sarah Colt Productions for American Experience include The Gilded Age, Walt DisneyHenry Ford, episodes three and four of God in America, and The Polio Crusade. She has been involved in the research, fundraising, and production of the Co-op City project since its inception, and also works as a freelancer specializing in archival and content research, licensing, and production for Boston and New York City-area producers. Dobrowski came to Sarah Colt Productions from Boston College, her alma mater, where she worked in University Advancement Marketing and Communications. In 2005, she was awarded the Costa-Gavras Social Justice Award for her work on I’m In Here, a series on disabilities by professor and Film Studies chair John Michalcyzk.

Michael Haviland

Senior Producer

Mike Haviland is a New York City-based producer and writer of nonfiction television and digital content. Prior to joining the Sarah Colt Productions team, Mike wrote and produced programming for CNNTravel ChannelInvestigation Discovery and National Geographic. He has also produced digital content for leading brands and organizations including the American Lung Association, Comcast and Lambda Legal.

Nathan Manley

Post Production Supervisor

Nathan Manley has held many production positions over the years—both in the field as a Location Sound Recordist, and more recently in post-production as an Assistant Editor, Post Production Supervisor and Technical Director. He has done sound work for HBO, Miramax, Disney, Showtime, Sony Pictures, CBS, ESPN, Blue Sky Studios, 20th Century Fox, Men’s Health, Runner’s World, Sears, Sephora and many other companies. His assistant editor credits include The First 48After the First 48The Killer Speaks, Nick Mom Night Out, Half the Sky, Marina Abromovic: The Artist is Present, and Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace. His technical director credits include A Path Appears, Soundbreaking, Soundtracks, We The Voters, Humanity on the Move: Sky and Ground, Los Commandos and Towards the North, the World Bank’s “WeVolve” campaign, the “Religions for Earth” campaign, among others.


Sue Resnick

Associate Producer

Sue Resnick is an associate producer with Sarah Colt Productions, where she is currently working on a documentary about the life of Billy Graham for PBS’s American Experience. Previously, she worked as the archival producer with directors Steve Apkon and Andy Young on Disturbing the Peace, a feature documentary that follows a group of former enemy combatants from both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She has also produced and edited short films for non-profits focused on social justice. Sue began her career in advertising and marketing after earning an MBA at the Wharton School.

Leah Ford

Associate Producer

Leah Ford started at Sarah Colt Productions as an intern in the summer of 2019, where she assisted with post-production for The Disrupted and True Believer. Previously, Leah worked in public affairs for the U.S. federal government in Washington, D.C., where she supported story development and video productions on U.S. global health efforts in sub-Saharan Africa. Leah was also an active member of community media organizations in the D.C. metro area.

Jeanine Hall

Jeanine Hall has over 10 years of experience in financial operations management. She received her Master of Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University after completing her BFA with a focus in Sculpture. Her experience includes managing annual budgets of up to $10M for non-profit arts organizations, small businesses, and start-ups in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Pittsburgh.